But how could such a wallflower serve as a credible talk host? Baldwin seems far too mild to succeed in the rough-and-tumble of cable news, or so a skeptic might say.
We here at Showtracker have scoured Baldwin's past, however, and discovered that in fact there is some evidence that he could bring some little-known skills to his latest gig. Maybe he's not the next
1. He's a relationship expert.
You may not know this, but Baldwin is a practitioner of innovative family-enhancing theories. When he was frustrated in 2007 because he felt that his then-11-year-old daughter was avoiding his phone calls, he didn't do the obvious thing, which would have been to punch a photographer. No, he manned up and left a message for his daughter in which he called her a "rude, thoughtless little pig." After the world learned of his groundbreaking approach (via a TMZ leak), Baldwin expounded further on "The View": "Obviously, calling your child a pig or anything else is improper and inappropriate," he theorized.
2. He respects the media.
Speaking of those photographers: Baldwin understands that they need to be punched, which has proven over the years to be an effective media-relations tactic. Which is why he's often caught doing it - punching them, that is. But really, why stop with photographers? Baldwin is bringing a nuanced understanding of the entire newsgathering world to his new job. That's why he was able to offer "The View" cohosts this penetrating, Marshall McLuhan-like insight: "People in the tabloid media are themselves people who are abused and are people who are living with shameful secrets."
3. He supports gay rights.
As a lifelong liberal, Baldwin realizes how vital it is to support LGBT rights. That's why after a British reporter wrote (apparently erroneously) that Baldwin's wife was tweeting during the funeral services for
4. He loves to travel.
You can't stop this cosmopolitan man from globetrotting. Or from playing
5. He likes to throw cold beverages on strangers.
On his Web show "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,"
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